FL to CT Day 31
Atlantic City, NJ to New York, NY
Up before sunrise and off the dock at 0545 this morning… another long day to day heading to New York. Winds forecast out of the NW 5-10 knots increasing to 15-20 with gusts to 25 knots in the afternoon. So, we wanted to get the early start to beat the increasing winds.
Beautiful sunrise again this morning heading out of Absecon Inlet toward the Atlantic and no wind… Inlets always tend to be a little confused and we had some funky swell action in the inlet… but the ocean was almost flat calm once we cleared the inlet.
We had some help with current exiting the inlet but lost most of it after turning to the north… but we did have a slight boost all day pushing us over 7 knots. The winds did pick up after the sun was fully up and were blowing as predicted NW 5-10 knots so we stayed close to shore… typically about 3 miles off the coast.
We were doing great and making great time and right at Barnegat Light Inlet… Susan’s favorite inlet… NOT… LOL We were hailed on the VHF by the Coast Guard… there were along side in a small boat… 25’ Safe Boat… they asked us to come to a stop as they wanted to board us for a safety inspection… UGH! There were 4 people on the boat… 2 men and 2 women… they boarded us at the stern via the swim platform… the two men came aboard and the women stayed on the Coast Guard vessel. They inspected the bilge areas… wanted to be sure we were “sea worthy” was the reason given… I think looking for contraband… we keep that hidden real well… LOL anyway, they did the other safety things… PFD’s, signal device (horn), etc… filled out the boarding form and gave us a copy and they were off… about 30 minutes total. We heard them after that hailing several other boats for boarding.
We continued on and the wind did pick up to the 15-20 knots plus some as we approached New York… the current also switched and was on our bow… 5.5-6 knots for the last hour and half.
We arrived to New York and anchored behind the Statue of Liberty at 1830… Liberty State Park… N40°41.762’, W074°03.867’. We traveled today for 12.75 hours covering 89.4 nautical miles averaging 7.0 knots.